Illinois State University names new president

By WEEK Producer

May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- The Illinois State University Board of Trustees has named Timothy Flanagan as the University's 18th president.

Flanagan is currently the president of Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts. He will take over at ISU on August 15.

Flanagan has served as president of Framingham State University since 2006. He is also a professor of sociology.

Included among his achievements is a PhD in criminal justice from the University of Albany. Flanagan says he is up to the challenge of tight budgets.

"It is a genuine concern that we are pricing high quality public education out of reach of most middle class families and what that means for Illinois State and other public institutions is that we have to be more adaptable," he said. "We have to realize that if we offer the highest quality education imaginable to students but students cannot access that information because of their means, we will not accomplish the objectives for which these institutions were founded."

Flanagan says he was drawn to Illinois State because of the academic strength of the student body, retention and graduation rates and faculty.

“Illinois State is recognized as a national leader for educating students who are prepared to take their place in this world,” Flanagan said. “The faculty is outstanding, not only committed to the classroom but also to research.”

Flanagan will replace Al Bowman who will officially retire from the office on May 15. Bowman announced last December that he would step down as president due to health concerns. He served the university for 35 years, 10 years as president.

Illinois State Provost Sheri Noren Everts will serve as interim president from May 16 to August 14. Everts has been Illinois State’s provost since July 2008.